Turkish police detain eight PKK suspects in Istanbul

Turkish policemen take eight suspected terrorists into custody during simultaneous operations targeting PKK’s youth wing

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Turkish security forces detained eight PKK suspects in simultaneous anti-terror operations targeting the youth wing of the PKK terrorist organisation in Istanbul on Thursday.

Officials reported that anti-terror squads raided 15 locations in three districts of Eyup, Fatih and Kucukcekmece on the European side of the city.

Apart from the eight suspects -who were allegedly members of YDG-H the youth wing of the PKK- the policemen also seized many organisational documents during the operations.

Meanwhile, another 18 suspects were detained on Thursday in southeastern Sanliurfa province over propagating the PKK terrorist organisation during a march held on Oct.11.

Following the official investigation into the march, officials said that the suspects were detained after it was determined that they shouted slogans in favour of PKK.

It was also reported that among the detained suspects, there were some members of the People’s Democratic Party (HDP).

The PKK which is listed as a terrorist organisation by Turkey, the US and EU has claimed the lives of approximately 195 members of the Turkish security forces since July this year, while the security forces have been carrying out intensive operations against the organisation.

The terrorist group PKK has also been disrupting the social order in many eastern and southeastern provinces of Turkey as they have been digging up trenches and setting road-barricades on the streets.

TRTWorld and agencies